All Saints Church in Sanderstead decided to suspend Peter Gowlland (aged 78) for a period of two months after he suggested that congregation members should sign the Coalition for Marriage petition to stop Prime Minister David Cameron from re-defining marriage to include same-sex couples.
The decision was made by the acting Archdeacon of Croydon, Rev'd Dr Barry Goodwin, after a minority of attendees in favour of same-sex marriage complained that they disagreed with the stance taken by Mr Gowlland, who introduced the petition whilst reading notices in a service led by another Lay Reader, Mary Duncan.
It is reported that Ms Duncan immediately discouraged the congregation from signing the petition, stating: "Do not sign it without giving it very careful thought. There are other views."
(Christian Concern, May 3rd 2012)
Once again, the 'Church' of England shows its true colours, and those that vainly presume to act as 'leaders' are proving themselves to be no more than a generation of vipers. In their sin they go over and beyond the Pharisees at the time of Christ; since whereas the Pharisees sought to keep God's written word (albeit, self-righteously, and with cursed additions), these rewrite His law, which states clearly what is sin and what is not. They are puffed up, and if it were possible they would cast God from His Throne, usurp His position, and rewrite the divine standard.